- Reference Number: HEY-035/2016
- Departments: Oncology (Cancer Services)
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This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.
A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) has specialist skills, knowledge and experience in a particular aspect of nursing. We are key members of a multi-disciplinary team involved in your care. You may also hear us referred to as a ‘Key worker’. We have been identified as your Key Workers and our names are:
Between us we have many years experience of nursing and have chosen to specialise within the field of gynaecology and gynaecological cancer. We have undertaken further studies to enable us to develop our specialist knowledge. We work as a team and feel that we can offer you support and provide a continuing link through all areas of gynaecological care.
What can we offer you?
Often so much has been said and explained to you that at times it can be confusing. Our role is to offer you support and provide a continuing link through all areas of gynaecological care. This includes:
- Helping you and your family understand the treatment and care you will receive
- Helping you make decisions about your care
- Answering any questions you may have
- Helping you talk about the things you feel are important to you
How will it help?
It can make things less worrying when you can talk to someone who has:
- Time to listen
- The experience to answer your questions
- The skill to support you
No question is too small; if it helps you in any way, please ask. It is important that you have access to all available support.
Where are we based?
We visit the ward and clinic areas regularly to see all women who have been referred to us. If we have not seen you and you feel you would like to speak to one of us, you can contact us via the staff in any of the departments, or by contacting us via the telephone numbers below:
Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the CNS team on:
(01482) 624033 – office and answer phone
(01482) 622199 – office
We work Monday – Friday, not weekends or bank holidays. All messages left will be dealt with either the same day or the next working day.
Do not be alone wondering who you can talk to. Please ring.
Areas and departments that we work in and link in with include:
Gynaecology Outpatients – Women and Children’s Hospital
Women’s Health Outpatients – Castle Hill Hospital
Castle Hill Hospital
Ward 30, Hull Royal Infirmary
Scan & CT
Information on Gynaecology Services at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust can be found at: www.hey.nhs.uk/gynaecology
General Advice and Consent
Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.
Consent to treatment
Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.
The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:
- you must be able to give your consent
- you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
- you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person
Information about you
We collect and use your information to provide you with care and treatment. As part of your care, information about you will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.
We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.
If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.